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Local activist and choir director honored with prestigious MLK Award

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NORTH BETHESDA - If you haven’t seen him at the gas pump, or working hard as a choir director in his church, then you may just have seen Rocky Twyman in another of his variety of activities as a social activist.

He has traveled to Ferguson MO to pray for protesters. He was in Baltimore with the protesters and during the riots there.

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Rockville embraces culture, diversity at MLK celebration

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ROCKVILLE – The modern-day dream was the theme as performances and presentations honored slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at a 45th annual celebration.

The event, held at Richard Montgomery, included dance, musical performances, poetry by students and an adult community member, awards and a keynote speech.

The tribute began with a procession consisting of West African choreography performed by dancers from Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble, which is based in Prince George’s County. The dancers went up the aisles toward the stage in vibrant costumes. A drum group called Soul in Motion led the procession and accompanied the dancers on African drums.

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Thousands of county residents volunteer for MLK day of service

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BETHESDA — On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of people came out to do volunteer work at locations throughout Montgomery County. About 2,000 people attended the event at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, where there were booths for various volunteer activities such as packaging food, crocheting blanket squares, and making bracelets.

Coordinated by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. “day of service” has been conducted every year since the 1990s for people to volunteer in remembrance of Dr. King.

“It’s ingrained in the national culture that Martin Luther King Day is a day of service, so people are looking for ways they can help locally,” said Volunteer Center Director Molly Callaway.

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County residents participate in MLK community service

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Addressing an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, what are you doing for others?” Over the holiday weekend commemorating the civil rights leader’s birth, Montgomery County residents answered that question by participating in a variety of community service activities.

Shernette Hall, a local teacher, recruited volunteers from her Meetup groups to serve brunch at the Children’s Inn at NIH on Sunday morning.

“I thought this would be a nice thing to do for sick children and their families,” said Hall, who volunteers at a variety of different events throughout the year. “MLK gave back to other people, and I like to follow his example.”

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